Well, not QUITE a noob, but noob enough. I've been playing this series of games on and off and extremely casually since Civ 1. After missing out on IV and skipping straight to V, I decided to get IV and have been playing it the past few days. Here are my two big questions: 1. Should works/scouts be automated, or should I be micromanaging all of them? 2. I am currently playing on the lowest difficulty, and of course the game is really easy. But that said, I find that when I have a spread out civ later in the game, i'm just staring at the screen and not really knowing what is going on. I can flip through the advisors and get my head around some things, but I am having a hard time seeing the "big picture." Is that just inexperience? Civ V has a lot less going on under the hood, but it also seems easier to manage. The reason I went back to Civ IV is because I wanted to play with computer opponents where diplomacy is a real system with checks and balances, and not do or die the way it is in Civ V.